BOULDER –The exterior of a home is an integral part of any inspection. A home’s exterior should be more than just attractive. The exterior material, whether it’s siding, cedar shake, brick or stone, is what keeps a home protected from the elements. Exterior components, along with the roof and drainage system, act together to keep the homes interior warm and dry. All parts of a home’s exterior must be in good condition. If one piece fails, it can ruin the integrity of the entire system.
The site and grounds should also be inspected including surface drainage, the overall slope of the ground that surrounds the building, retaining walls, trees, shrubs, and grading on the property. Any of these systems can adversely affect the building. Driveways, walkways, and patios adjacent to the property should be included as well as attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings. Exterior doors and windows should also be inspected for integrity and functionality.
A thorough inspection takes special notice of trees and shrubs growing too close to the siding, roof and gutters. These can cause more structural damage than the average home owner ever realizes. Prospective home buyers should check for the condition of all these when they receive an inspection report. Question the inspector if items are overlooked or if anything
is unclear. 

For more information on home inspections contact Rick Jacquemard at 720.280.3544, e-mail rick@flatironshi.com or visit flatironshi.com.